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Daily Dirt: Skier Numbers Down, Climate Change Affecting Mascots, Conservation Alliance Awards


first_imgYour weekly news blog from the most trusted source in the Blue Ridge…Eagles Nest Outfitters, Black Diamond Equipment and The Forest Group win The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014Eagles Nest Outfitters, Black Diamond Equipment and The Forest Group were the selected winners of The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014. The award recognizes member companies who go above and beyond in building relationships with Conservation Alliance grantees.Wild South and ENO have worked together over the past year to engage thousands of people through the “Wild South Wednesdays” environmental education and advocacy campaign. The campaign has expanded to include other outdoor retailers that support Wild South’s mission and highlighted the mutual passion for protecting the South’s wild places.Conservation Alliance grantees from the past two years may nominate member companies for the award recognition.“ENO has become a major leader in the Southeast and we nominated them for this award because our ‘Wild South Wednesdays’ campaign drastically raised awareness for our work to protect the last best places and collaborate with outdoor retailers partners as well,” said Benjamin Colvin, Wild South’s Development Director.The Wild South Wednesday campaign collaborated with regional outdoor retailers and leaders including ENO, Rock Creek Outdoors, Alabama Outdoors, Mountain High Outfitters, Mast General Store, Sunrift Adventures, Deltec Homes, Footsloggers, RootsRated and others that form a network through which an impact is made on the protection of wild places and wild things in the South.Climate Change Threatens Real-Life Species Behind Iconic College MascotsA new National Wildlife Federation report details that climate change is hurting the real-life species that are mascots for many of America’s college athletic programs.Climate change is the most serious environmental threat today to many animals and plants and urgent action is needed at all levels, according to Mascot Madness: How Climate Change is Hurting School Spirit.Mascot Madness looks at the best available science on how climate change is impacting many of America’s best-known mascots, from familiar species like bears and bison to exotic cats like lions and tigers. Warmer temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels are altering habitat in ways that can affect animals’ diet, range and behavior:Wolverines (U. of Michigan) rely on deep snowpack for building dens to raise their young and may be declared a threatened species as the climate continues to warm.Terrapins (U. of Maryland) and Gators (U. of Florida) face reproductive threats. When alligators overheat, more eggs hatch as males. In contrast, terrapins produce more females in hotter temperatures. Imbalances in sex ratios like these can be a threat to sustaining healthy populations.The entire range of the critically-endangered red wolf, a real-life inspiration for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, is found at only three feet elevation or less, making them extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels and hurricanes.Buckeyes (Ohio State) are threatened by stronger storms, deeper droughts, and more intense heat waves fueled by climate change and are being pushed to migrate north – into rival territory in Michigan.The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.National Ski and Snowboard Visits Off 1.3 Percent Due to Dry West CoastThe National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) estimated that U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 56.2 million skier and snowboarder visits during the 2013-14 season—a figure short of the 10-year industry average of 57.3 million, and down 1.3 percent from last season’s 56.9 million skier visits.If the West Coast had experienced an average amount of skier visits, nationally the ski industry would have been close to another record season.“With the drought and a rough start to the season in the Far West, an abundance of cold and snow in the East and Midwest, and near-perfect conditions in many parts of the Rocky Mountains, it’s hard to imagine a more complicated weather pattern over the course of one season,” said Michael Berry, NSAA president.Most of the country had a positive season, with the four resort regions from the Rockies to the Atlantic posting gains relative to last season and 10-season averages. Good snowfall contributed to increased visits in the Southeast (15 percent), Rocky Mountains (6.4 percent), Midwest (4.1 percent), and Northeast (0.6 percent)—collectively a 5.3 percent increase over last season and their third-best season in 36 years of available estimates.By contrast the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest had very low snowfall well into the season, enough to drive a 27.7 percent decline in visits: a 27.5 percent drop for the Pacific Northwest and a 27.8 percent drop for the Pacific Southwest, reducing visitation to the second lowest level in 36 years.In longer perspective, visits nationally were up 10.2 percent in 2013-14 from a recent low of 51 million visits in 2011-12, and down 7.2 percent from the record high of 60.5 million in 2010-11.For more information visit NSAA.org.last_img read more


Operation Unitas’ Vessels Take over the Colombian Caribbean


first_img The Colombian Caribbean is hosting the 54th instance of the exercise, in which 1,800 sailors are visiting ‘La Heróica’ in 16 ships and two submarines, in order to conduct combined operations by means of a multinational force in a regional scenario with transnational threats and complex naval war environments. “The aim of these exercises is interoperability, for the navies of the continent to operate jointly in a very quick way so they can develop exercises to defend sovereignty, perform basic maritime interdiction, and confront transnational crime and the new threats of drug and human trafficking. The final goal is to consolidate procedures and mechanisms to develop a multinational force at any given time,” Admiral Hernándo Wills Vélez, Colombian National Navy Commander, stated. The National Navy is participating with a surface and submarine fleetcomposed of its four frigates: the ARC ‘Almirante Padilla,’ the ARC ‘Antioquia,’ and the ARC ‘Independiente’; and its two U209A-type oceanic submarines: the ARC ‘Pijao’ and the ARC ‘Tayrona.’ These ships are part of the Colombian fleet that was recently modernized in the first phase of ‘Plan Orión’ in Colombia’s own Cotecmar shipyard, one of the companies of the Defense’s Social and Enterprise Group (GSED). For the second time, the Colombian National Navy is hosting Operation Unitas, an international naval exercise where ships from different countries are performing different simulated military operations from September 6-15. “For Colombia, it is very important to host this exercise and it is a big challenge for the Colombian Navy; it will allow the Colombian military forces to continue being a benchmark in the international arena,” Admiral Wills said. This annual exercise is organized by the Unites States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), and seeks to improve the mutual friendship and cooperation between participating armed forces, promote human rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) awareness, standardize operational planning procedures and increase awareness through professional conferences in the port phase. By Dialogo September 10, 2013 Operation Unitas is a key exercise for Colombia because the National Navy is being strengthened by exchanging naval combat experiences, as well as by the ‘Cerrando Espacios’ (Closing Spaces) strategy for the fight against drugs, goods, weapons, currency trafficking and illegal immigration, in order to continue producing enduring and concrete results against transnational crime affecting the peace of Colombian citizens.last_img read more


Colombian Navy Destroys Cocaine Processing Compound


first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo June 22, 2018 The Colombian Navy destroyed a cocaine hydrochloride storage and processing compound near the Gulf of Urabá on May 9, 2018. Authorities discovered the cocaine processing compound, consisting of four small workshops, six storage buildings and a camp built to house 12 people, in a rural area of the municipality of Ungía, Chocó. “Troops from the 16th Marine Corps River Battalion operating as part of Joint Task Force Titán, with support from the Urabá Coast Guard Station and the National Police, discovered the complex,” Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, commander of the 16th Marine Corps River Battalion, told Diálogo. “We inflicted this blow on the organized armed group [GAO] Gulf Clan using the Navy’s Radiance Strategy and intelligence from the [16th] battalion.” Radiance Strategy seeks to curtail drug trafficking, the main source of income for GAO such as the Gulf Clan and National Liberation Army. The strategy is executed through joint, integrated, and focused efforts to attack all stages of the cocaine hydrochloride production process. The plan seeks to prevent drug use, trafficking, and the spread of violence drug trafficking precipitates. Navy experts destroyed the complex in a controlled manner. The facility had the capacity to produce 3.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride per month. The Navy seized 9,000 liters of liquid raw materials and 1,715 kilograms of dry goods used to process coca. Authorities also found three distillation devices known as “Martians,” a vacuum packer, and various pieces of equipment used to process the alkaloid. According to the Navy, the complex also contained 1,000 kg of food supplies, bunks, blankets, and other provisions to survive in the area. The operation “The area was accessed by sea,” Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Sandro Alonso Gallardo Ropero, commander of the 1st Marine Corps Brigade, told Diálogo. “Both the 16th Marine Corps River Battalion and the Urabá Coast Guard Station trained in the skills used to achieve this successful operation.” “One of the clues that led to the infrastructure’s detection were the tracks on the ground leading to a hamlet known as Tumarado,” Lt. Col. Paz explained. “Upon arriving on site, it became evident that the infrastructure was covered with artificial vegetation in an attempt to shield it from aerial detection.” The National Police’s Special Criminal Investigation Operations Group, in charge of drug testing and taking the necessary legal steps to destroy the infrastructure, assisted with the operation. “A total of 36 men participated. The operation was carried out in one day, but the intelligence work that led to the discovery of the infrastructure was spread out over more than three months,” Lt. Col. Paz said. The region and its people The compound was in a strategic location for narcotraffickers. Its proximity to Panama facilitates the traffic of drugs northward. The swampy terrain also makes it hard for authorities to access the area. “The Urabá or Chocó areas are dominated by rivers, and full of marshes. The Atrato River, the [region’s] largest, empties into the Gulf of Urabá,” Lt. Col. Gallardo said. “One has to navigate natural obstacles, almost all related to deep bodies of water. Air operations are sometimes limited by the region’s heavy rainfall patterns.” “Criminal activities from all the terrorist groups this country has seen affected the department of Chocó,” Lt. Col. Gallardo said. “The community cannot forget the violent terrorist acts these municipalities witnessed in the past.”last_img read more


6 growth strategies for small/medium credit unions


first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Glenn Christensen Glenn Christensen is Founder and President of CEO Advisory Group the first Merger and Acquisitions consultancy focusing on the credit union industry.As a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with 25 … Web: www.ceoadvisory.com Details Sustained growth can seem insurmountable as a small credit union or medium-sized credit union in a large market.Nearly 80% of industry membership growth is attributed to the 435 credit unions with over $500 million in assets according to a CEO Advisory Group growth study. This study, which spanned the five year period 2008 to 2013, identified credit union peer groups below $50 million having declining membership growth in aggregate. As shown in the table below, over half the credit unions in peer groups below $50 million had negative membership growth.Growth has indeed been difficult to achieve for smaller credit unions. Yet despite a difficult operating and competitive environment a number of credit unions have found strategies to successfully grow. So what are some of the strategies your credit union can employ as a small credit union to fuel member, loan and share growth?Business strategies become outdated and need to be updated to by taking an honest evaluation of the situation.A good start is to examine the membership base.Is the field of membership expanding or contracting? Do you have the ability to grow market share or is it stagnant/declining?Many credit unions are struggling as the sponsors have downsized or their communities have been burdened by longstanding recession.Successful credit unions are often able to ride the coattails of an expanding economy as opposed to fighting furiously for fractional improvements for market share in a declining market base.A thorough examination of the current and projected market prospects will help guide your decision in where to make strategic resource allocations.For many smaller credit unions the focus will need to be on specific market niches with good growth prospects where they can make a difference.Assess the Value PropositionDemographics and technology have combined to alter consumer expectations for financial services. Friendly tellers and a branch near your sponsor’s headquarters location just isn’t enough to sustain a credit union for the long run. And the “great rate” perception credit unions have worked so hard to attain may no longer be viable with large credit union competitors and non-banks entering your market space.As a boutique credit union you cannot be all things to all people. Focus is critical. Align your products, delivery, and marketing in a way that the brand resonates with the market niche.Enhance Your FacilitiesAre your branches looking tired? Has it been years since they were last updated?Revitalizing your branch can often spur new growth. Your branch serves as a billboard to members and prospective members. The branch exterior and interior are “moments of truth” in the member experience.A branch audit is a good first step to begin prioritizing the resource allocation for your branches. This audit can include an assessment of the location or whether the credit union would be better served by relocating the branch to a different market or a more favorable location within the existing market.Enhance Your Online PresenceIt is no longer adequate to mark off on the checklist that you have a website, home banking, and bill payment and feel like you’re done.A credit union’s online presence must meet the demanding expectations of members young and old. Increasingly members research their products and services online. If your site does not deliver, members will go elsewhere. Credit union executives must now become usability experts. The online and mobile customer experience is critical.Establish very clear goals for what you want your web/mobile presence to accomplish. Begin tracking and rewarding on the basis of goals attained. Your credit union needs to understand the sales funnel and how members track through the different stages of the purchase journey.Embrace Digital MarketingDigital marketing is in many ways a chance for smaller credit unions to level the playing field. While it may be cost prohibitive to open new branches, digital marketing enables credit unions to enhance brand awareness within a targeted segment of the market.Social media, remarketing, targeted ads, and marketing automation all provide opportunities for credit unions willing to invest resources and develop expertise.MergersCredit unions are increasingly looking for strategic mergers as a pathway to growth. Partnering with another credit union can enhance the competitiveness of both credit unions. Your credit union may consider merging with another credit union in the same market to build market share and efficiency. Alternatively, you may consider a merger with a credit union in an adjoining market to achieve a larger footprint. Out of state mergers have also become more prevalent, and bring with it other benefits.The merger options include merging in a smaller credit union, a merger of equals and merging into a larger credit union. Credit unions should evaluate the options using a systematic approach in an effort to reduce the “merger emotions”. The assessment should consider the impact of each decision on members, employees, community and credit union financial performance.While growth may be hard to generate for many small and medium credit unions there continue to be opportunities.Reinvesting in growth is critical for not only surviving by thriving. While there may be comfort in staying the course and seeing the net worth ratio grow into the high teens and twenties, the long term success of your credit union is predicated on wise allocation of resources for future growth.last_img read more


FlixBus and Uber have joined forces as part of providing integrated transportation


first_imgThe needs of today’s modern traveler are primarily speed, online ticket purchase and easy arrival to the final destination, or drive from door to door. In the past, this was only possible by car, and it is integrated transport that represents the sustainable travel of the future. ˝FlixBus has long been perceived as a mobile partner, primarily as a partner to the traveler. Through the years of our presence on the market, we have proven that we are not just transport from point A to point B, but a sustainable mode of transport and part of integrated passenger transport. Through buses, trains, planes and public transport, we have reached cooperation with cars, ie Uber, as the last step in the safe transport of passengers to its final address.˝, said Ante Grbeša, director for FlixBus CEE South region. The two passenger transport service providers FlixBus and Uber are starting cooperation in Croatia. As part of the collaboration, FlixBus and Uber will combine their strengths in technology and traditional passenger transport to provide passengers with an easy ride and a door-to-door travel experience. Source / photo: FlixBus The concept of integrated transport allows passengers easy transport from door to door with additional benefits and offers a solution for the last kilometers to their own homes or to the bus station. To make it easier to use this service, Uber has activated a special feature within its mobile app. Virtual stations supported by GPS coordinates will ensure the recognition of the place of pick-up of passengers at the bus stations to which FlixBus arrives. If the passenger finds himself in a situation where other forms of transport are not available or are available in part or the passenger travels with a lot of luggage early in the morning or late in the middle of the night and needs to cross the last kilometers to the final destination, this service will ensure easy arrival. . Integrated transport involving a combination of multiple forms of transport over longer distances is key to sustainable driving. In order for this model to be an alternative to the use of passenger cars, good connectivity and cooperation is important.”We are proud that after France and Germany, the cooperation with FlixBus continued in Croatia, because this agreement represents a unique partnership for us in Europe. It also reaffirms Uber’s role as a key player in the wider transport network and its commitment to the development of multimodal mobility.”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe. After this form of cooperation was well accepted in France, and then in Germany, the cooperation continues in Croatia, more precisely in Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, Poreč and Umag. last_img read more


Singcang-Airport neighborhood on virus lockdown


first_imgDistrito said that the barangay will provide their needs while they are under lockdown Singcang-Airport village head Rosinie Distrito confirmed that the asymptomatic male patient was already moved to a quarantine center in this city. Three persons who had close contact with the patient were also brought to the provincial quarantine center, the village chief added. His result showing he was positive for the viral illness came out on July 4, Distrito said. But he submitted himself for quarantine at a staff house in Barangay Singcang-Airport. An apartment where the patient currently resides, at least 10 neighborhood houses and several nearby carinderias where sealed off, he added. BACOLOD City – A neighborhood in Barangay Singcang-Airport was placed under lockdown after one of the residents there was found out to be a carrier of SARS-coV-2, the virus which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He arrived via sea vessel through Tabuelan-Escalante route on June 25 and was immediately subjected to swab testing when he arrived at the provincial quarantine center in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental. The lockdown also affected at least 35 individuals occupying the apartment. The City Health Office has rolled out contact tracing. Meanwhile, the City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 has yet to determine the work of the patient./PN According to the village chairman, the 25-year-old patient was identified as an authorized person outside residence from Cebu.last_img read more


Area High School Girls Basketball Scores (1-23)


first_imgWRBI Area Girls High School Basketball ScoresThursday (1-23)Rushville 67     Batesville  37Rushville JV won 32-14East Central  73     Franklin County  22North Decatur  60     Edinburgh  26Hauser  53     Morristown  48Indy Lutheran  63     Waldron  31last_img


John Bildner


first_imgJohn Bildner, age 84, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elaine Bildner (nee Zinzer); sons, Ron Bildner (Ann) and Doug Bildner (Betty Jo); grandchildren, Kristy (Jeff) Bayer, Derrick (Jamie) Bildner, Brandy Bildner, Leigh Ann (Jose) Gonzalez; Great grand-children, Taylor, Kyla, Gabriella, Brayden and Daxton. John was prededed in death by his parents, John and Nellie (Lischkge) Bildner. John was an only child.John served his country for twenty years in the United States Air Force and four years in the United States Navy. He retired from Monsanto Company after 30 years. He traveled 34 countries and toured all 50 States in the U.S.John and Elaine were members of the Zion Church where he had been President of Council. John was also a member of the Legion and the Moose, before moving to Florida. In his younger years he enjoyed extensive traveling, fishing and hunting.Friends will be received Thursday, October 10, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 1:00 pm.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more


Florida woman uses taser on husband after he asked for a divorce


first_imgA 69-year-old woman is facing domestic abuse- related charges after she allegedly stunned her husband several times with her Taser because he asked for a divorce.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office is reporting that Pamela Carr and her husband got into an argument on Sunday night after her husband asked for a divorce after 9-years of marriage. As the two began arguing, Mrs. Carr pulled out her Taser and began tasing her husband at close range.Carr later told investigators that she choose to stun him instead of shooting him with barbed darts and that she was acting in self-defense.Mrs. Carr was taken into custody on Sunday night but has since been released on a $1,000 bond. She has been ordered to stay away from her husband and is only allowed one visit to the mobile home community to grab her belongings.last_img read more


Girls on the Run: Ellsworth chapter kicks off first season


first_imgELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Down East Family YMCA are hosting a new program this spring.Girls on the Run is a 10-week afterschool program for girls in the third through fifth grade. Volunteer coaches guide girls through fun lessons that help them understand who they are, the importance of teamwork and how they can positively shape the world.The season ends with the girls completing a Girls on the Run 5K, which provides an understanding of a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls of all fitness ability and levels are encouraged to join.Girls on the Run programs inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe interactive curriculum covers topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships and developing personal strengths. The program lessons also include the completion of a community service project and running practice with the end goal of completing a non-competitive 5K.Girls on the Run is an international organization that began in 1996 to promote physical, emotional and social development in girls before they reach high school. The goal of the program is to prevent future at-risk behaviors such as adolescent pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems.The after-school lessons are led by trained coaches who guide the girls through the 10-week program and help prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. At the end of the program season, girls and their coaches run or walk a 5K together.Registration is now open and spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on March 19. The program fee is $50, with financial assistance available.Visit www.girlsontherunmaine.org to register. The spring session will meet on Mondays and Thursdays at the YMCA from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning on March 21.last_img read more